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Once you know the principles of pairing, you'll be armed with the tools to come up with exciting, delicious and unusual combinations of your own. Adam Centamore, author of Tasting Wine and Cheese: An Insider's Guide to the Principles of Pairing, will be here to teach you such concepts as "fat loves acid" and his famous "chocolate milk or lemonade" analogy (plus many more). To demonstrate, Adam will serve some incredible combinations utilizing such treats as cheese, chocolate, condiments, wine and more! You'll learn so much, though it'll hardly be a chore. 

Tuition: $59.00

Member Cost: $51.00

Materials Cost: $25.00

Schedule : Wed 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 05/03/2017

Instructor : Adam Centamore 

Location : BCAE Location : 
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Has anyone had a Spanish cheese they didn't like? Not us! There's a whole universe of cheese in Spain worth exploring. That's where the tradition wines of Jerez, or "sherry" come in. Another universe of wine exists in this seaside region, from the lean and salty Fino and Manzanilla, to the richer Amontillado, to the sweeter Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez, and this an exclusive opportunity to taste and learn about the perfect pairings of cheese and sherry with wine buyer and cheesemonger for South End Formaggio, Marianne Staniunas. The real Spain awaits! 

Tuition: $50.00

Member Cost: $43.00

Materials Cost: $25.00

Schedule : Tue 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 05/09/2017

Instructor : Marianne Staniunas 

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How often do you get to explore the great spirit of Japan with a certified Sake expert?! Join Erika Frey, as she gives you the ins and outs of Sake, and teaches you how to pair each style with different sushi. A unique and exclusive class that will up your game next time you're at the sushi counter!

Tuition: $50.00

Member Cost: $43.00

Materials Cost: $30.00

Schedule : Thu 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 05/11/2017

Instructor : Erika Frey 

Location : BCAE Location : 
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Get out your new pens and notebooks (and thirsty palates!) ready, and head back to the classroom for a primer on Tequila Custom Blending! We will learn the basics of Tequila, then blend a custom Reposada Tequila for a small take-home sample!  Small Plate Tacos and appetizers, plus a quick tour of Mezcals!

Tuition: $50.00

Member Cost: $43.00

Materials Cost: $30.00

Schedule : Tue 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 05/16/2017

Instructor : Randall Bird 

Location : BCAE Location : 
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Ahhhh. Winter is finally relenting its icy grasp. As the days get longer and the weather warms, one's fancy turns to the blossoming flowers, love, and...cheese. What better way to usher in the fairer months of the calendar than with bright, lively cheeses and a glass (or three) of crisp, refreshing wine? Join wine and cheese nerd Marianne Staniunas of Formaggio Kitchen for an evening celebrating the return of sunshine and hope. You'll sample cheeses and condiments from Europe and the states that show what the season is all about! Of course, an array of spring-worthy wines will be served alongside to make sure you shake off the winter chills. Viva la printemps!

Tuition: $59.00

Member Cost: $51.00

Materials Cost: $20.00

Schedule : Thu 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 05/18/2017

Instructor : Marianne Staniunas 

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Come join the BCAE's own master gondolier, Adam Centamore, for tasting journey through the Bacaros and Canals of the most romantic city in Italy. You'll learn about the cuisine, producers, wine, food history and culture as Adam tastes you through authentic bites and sips from the Veneto. Come prepared to sit back, open your mouth and ears, and take it all in. No flights required!

Tuition: $59.00

Member Cost: $51.00

Materials Cost: $25.00

Schedule : Sat 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM; 1 session on 05/20/2017

Instructor : Adam Centamore 

Location : BCAE Location : 
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With environmental threats to the future of bees, many have been taking more of an interest in the incredible world of honey and beekeeping. Honey expert and our own resident beekeeper, Marianne Staniunas, will not only give you a guided tasting through some incredible honeys from all over the world (paired with wines and cheeses!), but she'll also give you an insight into the basics of beekeeping. You'll be able to become a hive-master in no time!

Tuition: $50.00

Member Cost: $43.00

Materials Cost: $25.00

Schedule : Wed 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 05/24/2017

Instructor : Marianne Staniunas 

Location : BCAE Location : 
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Two great continents of cheese & wine; Two great experts to represent them! Join author and expert, Adam Centamore, and cheesemonger and wine buyer for South End Formaggio, Marianne Staniunas, as they teach you and taste you through a cheesemaking and winemaking lineup of epic proportions. 

Tuition: $69.00

Member Cost: $59.00

Materials Cost: $25.00

Schedule : Thu 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 06/01/2017

Instructor : Multiple Instructor :
 2.Adam Centamore  1.Marianne Staniunas 

Location : BCAE Location : 
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Once you know the principles of pairing, you'll be armed with the tools to come up with exciting, delicious and unusual combinations of your own. Adam Centamore, author of Tasting Wine and Cheese: An Insider's Guide to the Principles of Pairing, will be here to teach you such concepts as "fat loves acid" and his famous "chocolate milk or lemonade" analogy (plus many more). To demonstrate, Adam will serve some incredible combinations utilizing such treats as cheese, chocolate, condiments, wine and more! You'll learn so much, though it'll hardly be a chore. 

Tuition: $59.00

Member Cost: $51.00

Materials Cost: $25.00

Schedule : Wed 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 06/07/2017

Instructor : Adam Centamore 

Location : BCAE Location : 
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What better way to usher in the summer months than with bright, lively cheeses and a glass (or three) of refreshing wine? Join wine and cheese nerd Adam Centamore for an evening celebrating the summer solstice. You'll sample cheeses and condiments from Europe and the states that show what summer fun is all about!

Tuition: $59.00

Member Cost: $51.00

Materials Cost: $20.00

Schedule : Tue 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 06/13/2017

Instructor : Adam Centamore 

Location : BCAE Location : 
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The BCAE's own "Man of La Mancha" himself, Luis de Haro, is back to give you guided tasting tour of the incredible region of La Mancha, Spain. You'll taste dishes, products, wines, cheeses and more and learn about the food history and culture like own Luis can! 

Tuition: $59.00

Member Cost: $51.00

Materials Cost: $25.00

Schedule : Fri 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 06/16/2017

Instructor : Luis de Haro 

Location : BCAE Location : 
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From the rolling hills of rosemary, thyme and lavender, to the seaside of the Mediterranean where local fisherman bring in their daily haul, the region in and around Provence evokes sights, smell and flavors like few others. Join Adam Centamore as he gives you guided tasting of the food, wine, history, culture and more of this French wonderland. You'll be booking flights and renting "bicyclettes" in no time!

Tuition: $59.00

Member Cost: $51.00

Materials Cost: $25.00

Schedule : Thu 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 06/22/2017

Instructor : Adam Centamore 

Location : BCAE Location : 
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